Excellence in Education

Virginia's education system is the key to our future. If a broader range of our children don't learn to read, think critically and analyze, then the future will indeed be difficult.

Offering a quality education for our students is a major issue with voters in Virginia. As the economy becomes more "technologically complicated" and the world more competitive, it is imperative that our young people be prepared for the realities of the future. With less than 35% of graduating high school seniors receiving a four-year college degree, it is clear that the ability of our K-12 public education system must be improved. And for our colleges and universities it is important that they offer quality and cost efficient education to those who attend our institutions of higher learning. This Center looks at the education system and offers creative alternatives to its current programs and policies based upon the Mission Statement of the Jefferson Institute.

October 2015

Choice for Pre-K Students
Choice for Pre-K Students — Today, there are more than 7,800 unfilled slots in the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) program offering early childhood learning services to at-risk children.  They aren't filled because local governments can't match the funds or because they simply have no space.  Chris Braunlich, vice president of the Thomas Jefferson Institute, offered a solution to the General Assembly's Virginia Preschool Initiative Joint Subcommittee:  Use the Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit to provide parents choices about the preschool program their child attends! (10/8/2015)  Read the Testimony Here!

January 2015

Jefferson Journal:  School Choice Comes to Virginia
Jefferson Journal: School Choice Comes to Virginia — In 2013, the Virginia Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit (EISTC) finally cleared all the hurdles to become the Commonwealth's best mechanism for creating new opportunities for educationally at-risk students.  So, two years later, National School Choice Week (January 23-31) seems an ideal time to examine the effects of that law, the kind of students its helping and the benefits for donors looking to help children find a more appropriate educational placement.  Read It Here!

July 2014

Jefferson Journal:  After The OEI
Jefferson Journal: After The OEI — By Chris Braunlich  The recent state court ruling that the Opportunity Educational Institution (OEI) is a violation of the Virginia Constitution leaves thousands of Virginia schoolchildren consigned to schools with decades-long records of failure.  It's a missed opportunity, but one that can and should be corrected next year.  Here's one way.  (7/17/2014)  Read It Here!


9035 Golden Sunset Lane
Springfield, VA

(703) 440-9447

(703) 455-1531